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Alternative Health – A New Look at an Old Way of Life. Alternative health is one of those things where the total influence it has mainly rests on other factors. So it is not uncommon to find yourself doing a lot of investigation and decision making. If you mistakenly overlook something, the consequences can be unpleasant, to say the least. When you are pleased that your investigation is thorough, then that is the time to assess the possibilities. The important thing is you need to know the following about alternative health so you will make an educated decision.

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  1. 1. Alternative Health – A New Look at an Old Way of Lifehttp://naturalhealthremediesv.comAlternative health is one of those things where the total influence it has mainly rests onother factors. So it is not uncommon to find yourself doing a lot of investigation anddecision making. If you mistakenly overlook something, the consequences can beunpleasant, to say the least. When you are pleased that your investigation is thorough,then that is the time to assess the possibilities. The important thing is you need to knowthe following about alternative health so you will make an educated decision.Alternative health options can include anything from natural herbs used to treatsunburns to using acupuncture for controlling excruciating pain. It’s been around in oneform or another for thousands of years and its beginnings are generally attributed to theChinese. Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that the human body and the environmentare closely related and when the body’s rhythms are upset, treatment and ultimateprevention can come from the environment. Herbs and other plants are widely used in Chinese medicine to bring balance backto the body. Meditation, acupuncture and massage are used in conjunction with the mindand to bring harmony to the body. According to the Chinese, the forces in the universe are believed to affecteverything in life, including our health. These forces are represented by the symbol ofyin and yang, the two most powerful cosmic forces in the universe. Yin is the female force and is represented by the moon, while yang represents themasculine force and is represented by the sun. From these ancient beliefs, the Chinesedeveloped a technology for health care that in many ways rivals that of Westernmedicine. These alternatives methods were initially thought to be “quackery,” but asscientific evidence surfaced to prove otherwise, the early ways of thinking had to bereconsidered.
  2. 2. That scientific evidence has been difficult to come by. The huge drug companiesaren’t going to put costly research efforts into techniques that won’t bring in piles ofmoney. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that funding for alternative medicine began toappear in academic circles. Since then, it’s become a form of therapy and healing that’swidely accepted around the world.Concepts of Eastern Medicine To understand Eastern medicine concepts, you must first understand the “Easternsociety.” It’s a society steeped in tradition and social interaction with centuries behind it.Yin and yang have long been a part of that tradition and one of the premises of Easternmedicine is that yin and yang divide our bodies into regions. Our internal organs are considered to be yin, while yang represents our externalorgans (such as our skin). The foods, including herbs that we eat, contain universalelements that help to stabilize our bodies. If we eat the correct combination of yin and yang foods, our bodies will be inbalance. Most illnesses are the result of us not eating the proper foods and not exercisingand resting our bodies and minds. If you eat an excess of either yin or yang foods, even though they’re “good” foryou, your balance will be disrupted and illnesses or aches and pains may occur. Besideseating the proper foods to balance our bodies, Eastern culture developed exercises such asTai Chi. Tai Chi is an exercise in which you move slowly to promote balance andequilibrium. Both this exercise and others, such as yoga, also advances increased bloodflow.Combining Alternative Methods with Western Technology Western medicine has been slow in accepting Chinese and other alternativemethods of healing and disease prevention, but most physicians educated in the west arenow combining the techniques they learned in medical school with some of the knownbenefits of alternative medicine. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a prominent surgeon frequently seen on the popular OprahWinfrey Show, recently said that he uses the Eastern methods of reflexology and massageon each of his patients that undergo surgery. Dr. Oz said that he’s found the healing process after surgery to be acceleratedwhen using these techniques. He’s certainly not the only one to embrace this valuable
  3. 3. way of thinking as more surgeons look to therapies such as Reiki to help their patientsheal. Reiki, an Asian energy therapy, is said to help put the body back into balanceafter a serious illness or surgery. This tradition requires a therapist who is trained on howto touch 12 to 15 points on the body to help relieve pain and stress associated with anillness or surgery. Chinese research has recently said that combining Western and Eastern medicaltechniques was a good thing for both the patient and medical research in general. Forexample, research shows that a combination of Chinese herbs and radiation therapy forcancer patients can greatly reduce the number of tumors and enhance the immune systemwhile receiving radiation. Also contained in the Chinese research reports was proof that acupuncture doesaffect the central nervous system by releasing endorphins (pleasure hormones) from thebrain and other areas of the body. These hormones are known to promote the health of the organs in our bodies.The simple act of daily meditation can promote immune system defense cells such as T-Cells that kill harmful viruses. Critics claim that many Chinese therapies (such as meditation) are the result ofthe placebo effect, but little by little, new findings from both Western and Eastern sourcesare proving them wrong. In order to combine the best of both the Western and Eastern philosophies, anunderstanding must be reached that addresses lifestyle. The Eastern philosophy embracesprevention of disease by cultivating a more healthful lifestyle through diet and exercise,whereas the Western philosophy tends to treat illnesses only after they appear, with littlethought to prevention or psychological support. Now, more physicians are combining traditional Chinese medicine and otheralternative methods with Western medicine techniques to help their patients. It’s believedthat over one-third of Americans use some type of alternative medicine practice tocomplement conventional medical practices. Studies and research are happening every day that justify taking a much closerlook at alternative methods for health care. You can tune into the news daily to learn ofyet another positive aspect to using natural health remedies to promote andmaintain your health.What Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Can Do For You
  4. 4. Complementary and alternative medicine is the combined use of medical practicesand products that aren’t a part of conventional medicine. Many are using the CAMapproach in hopes that they can prevent disease and live a more enhanced quality of life. People often turn to CAM because conventional medical techniques aren’t alwayssuccessful in treating chronic health conditions and psychological behaviors. The lack ofproper insurance coverage is also a factor in more and more people turning to CAM. CAM is based on both provider and non-provider therapies. The providertherapies include reflexology and acupuncture and the non-provider therapies includeherbal remedies, certain types of exercise and meditation. A complementary and alternative approach to your health can help you get intouch with your personal power and become the best person you can be, both in mind andbody. If you’re hurting physically or not mentally alert, life can begin to pass you byand you may find yourself in the proverbial rut. The ancient findings of Easternmedicine, combined with our modern technology, can lead the way back to physicalfitness and mental alertness. Some types of healing therapies and treatments that you might want to considerare: • Aromatherapy – A type of therapy that involves essential oils derived from herbs, plants and flowers. The aromatherapy treatments may include massage, baths or inhalation therapies. • Acupuncture – A professional acupuncturist inserts long, thin needles just under the skin in particular areas of the body. This therapy can help relieve pain and help your mind relax or get rid of bad habits, such as smoking. It’s usually completely painless. • Herbal remedies – Involves the use of natural herbs to relieve or cure maladies such as sunburn, colds, flu, headaches and other symptoms. • Exercise – Yoga, a series of exercises that promote deep breathing and stretching as well as cardiovascular fitness, is very much a part of the Eastern theory of keeping your body fit as a way to ward off illnesses and fight them if they do occur. • Natural diet – A proper diet of the yin and yang foods can help maintain your weight and also promote mental alertness. A natural diet consists of the “common sense” foods that we all know are good for us, such as fruit, vegetables, grains that are unrefined and unprocessed, legumes and nuts.
  5. 5. • Massage and Reflexology – These therapies are relaxation and healing techniques that help increase circulation and relieve tense and tight muscles. Until a few years ago, little information could be found on this growing healthcarefield. Now, an astounding amount of alternative medicine books have been written andare continuing to appear in book stores all over the world. A simple search on the Internet will also reveal scientific studies as well asinformative articles about alternative health care and what it can do for you.Comparing Costs of Medical vs. Alternative Methods Another reason that alternative methods of treating illnesses are becoming sopopular, especially among Westerners, is the high cost of traditional medical care.Everyone is talking about it, but no one seems to know the answer to how we can treatthousands of people without health insurance. Health care costs are simply too steep for small businesses to offer theiremployees - and even more comprehensive healthcare plans that some large companiesoffer are inadequate. In the United States, those in need of prescription medications are crossing theborders of Canada and Mexico, where drug costs are markedly lower. As the benefitsand lower costs of alternative medicine become better known throughout the world, morepeople will begin to try the methods in their daily life to maintain balance and will seekout alternative healthcare providers who believe in its benefits.The Bottom Line About Alternative Medicine Therapies Skeptics are still around who say that alternative medicine is a fraud, but they’renow few and far between. Academic medical centers such as Children’s MemorialHospital in Chicago are adapting certain alternative medicine techniques into theirprograms. U.S. News and World Report recently published an article on alternativemedicines and wrote that Children’s Memorial is usually a “hard-nosed, tough-cases,research-oriented emblem of western medicine.” When a teaching hospital such as this begins to allow alternative therapies tocoincide with their traditional western theories, others tend to jump on the bandwagonand create their own balance of West and East. Most physicians today agree that alternative techniques such as yoga, massageand reflexology play a vital role in our daily lives to keep our health on track. In general,the Chinese believe that a combination of Western and Eastern remedies to treat chronicdiseases, like cancer - but few Westerners have given that theory a chance.
  6. 6. It’s also important to realize that the Western healthcare system treats manypeople who may not be as open to the Eastern way of thinking about healthcare options.The very words, “alternative medicine,” conjure up witchcraft and religious connotationsthat many find distasteful and downright scary. In time, and with help from both Chinese and American understanding, each canbenefit from cross-cultural communication and can take the confidence level of thepeople to a higher plane. The bottom line in healthcare is that we need to provide the best treatment ortherapy for the patient, and as we cross cultural lines and begin to understand thephilosophical framework of Western and Eastern medical practices, we’ll bring new andbetter methods of treatment to the world.Truly, what we have offered you here, today, is by no means the end of the learningprocess about alternative health. We have covered several important points that we knowwill have a direct impact in many ways. However, be careful thinking there is no moreoutstanding information, either. There are particular areas that you need to learn moreabout if you want real success with this. Anybody can simply learn the choicest pointsthat are known to produce results.To your good healthNatural Health RemediesEffective Natural Health Remedies for Common Health AilmentsHttp://